The presidency has given reasons why President Mohammadu Buhari responded to a question from a prepared speech during a Climate Change Summit at the United Nations 74th Session on the topic “Towards a Resilient Future: Announcement of Plans to Mainstream Climate Risk in Decision Making.”
Nigerians had lamented on social media queried why the President failed to answer questions as requested by the moderator of the Climate Change summit.
The President who served as one of the discussants at the Summit 23 September 2019, was asked by the moderator: “President Buhari, Nigeria has a very young population; perhaps you might highlight what a pathway for a resilient future looks like?”
Expected as much to answer off-hand like other panellists, including Bank of England, Fiji, the Netherlands Buhari read off exactly a prepared text, an action that set Twitter buzzing, suggesting that Buhari could not address the issue without using a prepared text.
To respond to the commentators, the Presidency said that the primary purpose of the discussion was to elicit responses from the panellists on their plans for the future.
Presidency argued that the President answered the question as expected from his written speech which covered all Nigeria’s plans on the issue.
It explained, “The goal of the panel was to elicit ‘announcements’ from the panellists on behalf of their respective countries: Fiji, Nigeria, Netherlands, the Bank of England, etc. In other words, panellists were billed to deliver remarks announcing their country/organisation plans to build a resilient, climate-sensitive future.
“To address the theme of the event, President Buhari chose to deliver prepared remarks And most importantly, he touched on the issues re: mainstreaming climate action for the future and the young people of Nigeria.”